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Does a wound heal better with, or without, a plaster on it?

Obviously, one needs a plaster while the blood is still flowing, but once that stops, do you still really need a plaster? 63 mths ago

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To cover or not to cover, that's a question a lot of people ask about treating minor wounds at home. The simple answer is a covered wound heals faster and better. When you get a minor cut or scrape, the body creates an environment where cells migrate freely and bond together to form new tissue. For that to happen, you need to have moisture at the site of the wound so the body can create something called exudates. Exudates are a fluid that contains healing cells and proteins. It spreads across the bottom and sides of wounds, helping them heal fast. When a wound doesn't have enough moisture, the exudates dries up and forms a scab. The scab creates a barrier that forces new skin cells to move around the scab rather than the wound. This may cause the skin to heal in an irregular pattern. And when the scab is gone, you may be left with a scar. When you cover a wound with a protective bandage, you help exudates form by creating a moist environment. So always remember, a covered wound heals faster and better.

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63 mths ago

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I dont think one needs a plaster once the bleeding has stopped. It needs to dry and form a scab.

Source: all my scratches and scrapes.

63 mths ago

If you have the guts , yoy can apply Friars balsem , it ckeans the wound and forms a seal over it and help with faster healing , biy burns like hell for a couple of seconds.

63 mths ago

While it's fresh it needs to be protected from infection so should be covered but I believe uncovering as soon as possible helps healing. Just treat with mercurochrome.

63 mths ago

It all depends on the wound and depends on the plaster. Depends on the depth of the wound and the nature of it. There are now plasters that are 'quick healing' that get left on for a few days...but these are not good for all wounds. For grazes and small cuts it is better to let the fresh air to them. The main job of the plaster is to keep dirt out of the wound. Keep the area clean and all should be well.' Kiss it better' is sometimes the best cure.

63 mths ago

I usually leave the plaster off after about 24 hours. The wound goes soggy if I leave the plaster on. I am talking about small nicks and scratches, obviously a huge thing that needs stitches is another matter.

63 mths ago

When there is a suspicion of possible infection, like when a kid scrapes his knee on tar, then use a plaster and balsam to help prevent infection for a day or so but then open it and let it breath and use Mercurochrome. If the injury is not suspect of infection and is not bleeding too much then let it dry out immediately. We are also firm believers in peroxide, as it helps to boil and foam out all the deep in bedded dirt and stuff. Sometimes keeping plaster too long on a cut or so, causes infection, as you create a nice warm , wet and cosy environment for bacteria to grow in.

63 mths ago

I don't keep the plaster on (obviously if it is just a small wound). It gets in the way and soggy and being obsessive compulsive, I wash my hands too often. It's just a pain.

63 mths ago

I clean the wound with hydrogen peroxide and apply dioxide tincture.

63 mths ago

to protect it from bleeding all over , yes ,,but after the bleeding stop i'd keep it open and dry and clean . but then again it depends on the wound itself

63 mths ago

Once the wound has started to dry it is better to leave it to dry out, but you must keep it clean.

63 mths ago

From past experience, plasters with minute holes for breathing or ventilation works best.

63 mths ago

It definately depends on the wound. 3rd degree burns for example have to stay covered until they heal. Burns are not supposed to develop scabs. Small wounds are another issue all together.

63 mths ago

I believe that a wound can only heal totally without the plaster. It must get air and dont stay 'soggy' the whole time.

63 mths ago

Don't ever use those fancy"silver healing plasters".I put one on a small cut and it turned into a horrendous"hole"within 24 hrs! Not a big believer in plasters unless you need to keep the wound clean for gardening/cooking etc.

63 mths ago

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